Abstracts – Industry Presentations


Paper Title Organization Presenter Session / Date Abstract
3.1  Software development approach for accelerated microgrid controller development Energy Research Institute @Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and GE ALSTOM, France Yanling Li Session 3: Microgrid
25 October
In this presentation, a software development approach to developing a scalable microgrid energy management system is discussed. The developed energy management system deals with the tertiary/optimization level management of the assets of a microgrid such as distributed generators (DGs) and energy storage devices (ESS).
3.2 The SPORE Project (Sustainable Powering of Off Grid REgion) ENGIE, France Antoine Ballereau Session 3: Microgrid
25 October
As an answer for the forthcoming challenges in energy supply in Asia Pacific and South-East Asia, ENGIE is building a microgrid demonstrator in Semakau Island as part of the REIDS initiative, the world largest microgrid demonstrator in the tropical area. Located in Semakau Island, South of Singapore, this demonstration platform gives ENGIE the opportunity to develop and test innovative off grid microgrid solutions designed for remote tropical areas. The solution will provide a package of services including electricity, mobility, and cooking. Noteworthy challenges are being addressed to get closer to the perfect flexible micro-grid solution, among them:

  • The flexibility of the solution regarding any kind of environment, from the island to the remote village, whatever the existing installations, with any mix of local resources, and with already existing equipment.
  • The scalability in terms of power and energy needs to provide multiple services rather than only power supply
  • The convenience of the solution in terms of installation and maintenance to reduce the workload of the local teams
  • The optimization of multifluid system enabling synergies between different technologies to provide affordable and reliable electricity with reduced fossil energy dependency.
  • The analysis of data and the usage of predictive methods to improve the performance of the energy management system
  • The interoperability and interchangeability of components from different suppliers to design a solution unrelated to any brands.
  • The cyber-security to face future cyber threats

A whole raft of solutions are currently being developed in ENGIE research centers and are aimed to be tested on the demonstrator. This will enable ENGIE to develop the know-how to incorporate different technologies and help tailoring the microgrid to tropical areas as an answer of the need of energy in Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia.

3.7 Scalability , a key microgrid challenge The Manila Electric Company (Meralco), Philippines Reimark R. de Guzman Session 3: Microgrid
25 October
In line with MERALCO’s ambition to be the total energy solutions provider of choice and linking it with REIDS’s ambition to help deliver Systems and Technologies for a Sustainable and Affordable Energy Access-for-all in South East Asia. MERALCO, as an industry partner shall present along with NTU’s Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator – Singapore (REIDS) the high level and key information that will serve as relevant planning parameters for a successful microgrid implementation for the Philippines to address Scalability, a key microgrid challenge. Scalability, or the ability of the system, network or process process to handle the growing amount of loads by increasing the resources when needed or addressing all of them during system planning is the focus of the study.

By carefully reviewing the different load case models namely (1) normally extrapolated island experience, (2) boom to a mainland experience and (3) use of transition S-curves to simulate the behaviour of island customers over the lifetime of the project, the study aims to further lower down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for every renewable energy penetration to serve as inputs for future electrification plans for the customers of today and tomorrow.

7.3 Economic opportunities and challenges of a green hydrogen economy in Singapore ENGIE, France Isabelle Moretti Session 7: Renewables. Policy & Financing
25 October
Hydrogen is a clean, high in energy density and versatile energy carrier, that can be used as a chemical in the heavy industry, a fuel for vehicles, a mean to capture carbon in fuels, or a way to store and valorize energy, and specifically renewables, for mid to long terms. For years Hydrogen has been widely produced from natural gas around the world and used for industrial purposes, but it starts to be recognized as a part of a decarbonized energy future in many countries like Germany, China and Japan. In this perspective, Engie investigates ways to produce green hydrogen in order to make it a clean energy along its whole value chain.

Though prices are expected to decrease drastically, as an emerging technology green Hydrogen currently needs comprehensive market analysis to find relevant short term business opportunities. Engie Lab Singapore decided to pave the way for an hydrogen economy in Singapore through a technical and economic feasibility study on carefully selected business cases, in cooperation with a wide spectrum of governmental agencies and local stakeholders.
Engie would like to share some of the learnings gathered on the specificity of the hydrogen perspectives in Singapore and some conclusions reached on the topics addressed, among which:
– Innovative and daring ways to integrate and valorize RES in Singapore
– How RES can increase the energy resiliency of the state and reduce importations
– Singapore’s defiance towards emerging technologies in the Energy sector and how to promote their development in a risk-adverse environment
– The strategic interest of green Hydrogen as a complementary solution with Battery Vehicles in a transportation electrification roadmap in Singapore
– How green hydrogen could already be part of Singapore energy system, particularly for industrial applications
– Integration of RES and the versatility of hydrogen to produce onsite clean fuel and chemicals to cover the needs of an industrial cluster
– Elements of comparison of the environmental benefits between an hydrogen economy and the current fossil fuels economy
Following the results of this study, Engie is ready to take bold steps today, in order to make sure that awareness, skills and knowledge will be available tomorrow when green hydrogen becomes more competitive, thus giving an edge to Singapore’s manpower and energy market.

12.6 Market Design Considerations for Emerging Technologies Envigour Policy Consulting Inc., Canada Bruce Cameron Session 12: Emerging Technologies, 26 October For more than a decade a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) model has been the gold standard for designing markets to encourage renewable energy supplies. This instrument was developed in Europe to encourage distributed ownership (farm and other community interests) as well as price reductions in a measured manner over an anticipated lengthy period of time. The number of projects and the amount of electricity exceeded expectations, which was a measure of success. However, the factors responsible for the uptake may have been unique and at considerable costs to consumers. As an example of the unusual and possibly unique circumstances, the development of wind and solar pv technologies started with relatively small capex for the target investor community, farm and community interests; and there was an accelerated reduction in costs simply because technologies scaled up in size. This presentation questions whether these conditions exist today for marine renewable energy and offers alternatives to encourage adoption of tidal and wave energy for island communities. The alternatives focus on encouraging innovation and demonstration through focused competitive calls and awards for a fixed amount of electricity rather than a fixed price for unlimited amounts of electricity.